Hunter – the library’s search tool – does more than allow you to search across the Library’s print and electronic resources. You can use Hunter to save useful resources, manage your library account and request items that the library doesn’t hold. All of these features can be activated by signing in to Hunter before you start your search.
Remember: SGUL students and staff should use their SGUL username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday).
Check item details
If you are searching Hunter for a print book, the Locations tab will give you more details about the item’s availability:
If you want to identify the loan period for each copy (i.e. find out if they are 1 or 3 week loans), click the ‘Sign-in for more options’ link and you’ll be prompted to login:
Once signed in, you’ll be able to see the loan period for each copy of the book.
If all copies of the book that you want are out on loan, you can place a hold on that book. When a copy becomes available, you will be notified by e-mail to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk.
The ‘Locations’ tab will tell you if there are any copies available. If all the copies have the status ‘On Loan‘, you’ll need to sign-in to Hunter in order to place a hold on the book. Click the ‘Sign-in for more options‘ link:
Enter your login details when prompted. Then click the ‘Place Hold‘ link which has now become active:
Click on the ‘Request’ button to confirm the hold. You’ll then be notified of your place in the Holds queue:
You can view or cancel your hold requests by using the ‘My Account‘ link in the top right-hand corner of Hunter and clicking on the ‘Requests‘ tab:
Manage your account
As well as viewing and managing your hold requests (see above) you can use the My Account feature to:
- View your current loans and check their due dates.
- Check your account for any outstanding overdue fines.
- Change the display settings to view more results per page.
- View your previous loan history.
You’ll see in the top left two other tabs. These will allow you to save individual search results by adding them to your e-Shelf, and to save useful searches for later.
Add items to your e-Shelf
If you find a useful resource when searching Hunter that you want to save for later, click the star next to the title:
This will turn the star orange and add the item to your e-Shelf.
You can retrieve it, and any other records you have saved, by clicking the e-Shelf link in the top right-hand corner of the page…
…or by clicking the e-Shelf tab when logged in to your account.
Anything you ‘star’ will be added to this folder. You can manage and organise them (perhaps by topic, or by assignment) into separate folders if you find this useful.
Save your searches
You can also save a whole page of search results to your e-Shelf in one go. Click the ‘Add page to e-Shelf’ link inn the bottom left hand corner of the page.
Above that is an option to ‘Save search’. Click on this to save your search terms in your account, so that you can run the search again at a later date. You’ll be prompted to give the search a name:
You can also save the search as an ‘alert’. When new papers that match your search terms are added to Hunter, you’ll be emailed a list of them to your registered email address.
You can view and manage these searches in the ‘Searches’ tab of your account.
Request an inter-library loan
If you are unable to find a book or journal article in our collections, we may be able to obtain a copy for you from a different library*. More details on the inter-library process can be found here: http://library.sgul.ac.uk/resources/interlibrary-loans
You’ll find the online form to request an inter-library loan in the top right-hand corner of Hunter. The link will remain greyed out until you sign-in:
*charges may apply.
For more help with any of these features, or using Hunter to find resources, please email the Liaison Team on email@example.com or visit the Research Enquiries Desk between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.